‘Jade Demon’ Native Traditional Mask
This Brunka mask, with a split countenance: traditional Brunka diablito mask/transformed shaman in jade and gold (a study of an actual ancestral piece in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum in San Jose) is a tour de force creation that acheives a sublime fusion between tribal village ceremony and paegrentry with ancient, ancestral cosmology (an allusion to pre-European jade and gold objects). The painted designs (over carved balsa wood) feature magnificent multi-faceted design work alluding to petroglyphs and animal skins.
The mask itself corresponds to the traditional diablo mask-type used by the Brunka people in their Danza de los Diablitos.
This accomplished tribal artist of of Boruca village, carved and painted this traditional diablito mask made of balsa wood in the historic village of Boruca, Costa Rica.
- Tribe: Brunka (Boruca)
- Size: 11 1/2″ x 18 1/4″ (28.5 x 50 cm)
- Artist: Esteban Morales L.